Michelle Reyes
Michelle Reyes
As Lander University golfer Michelle Reyes prepared to board a plane to come to Lander from her hometown in Mexico, she was so overcome with nerves, she cried.
But nearly two years and — one large culture shock — later, Reyes' play on the golf course is proving it was the right decision.
Through seven tournaments and 15 rounds this season, the sophomore leads the Bearcats and ranks fourth in the Peach Belt Conference with a scoring average of 77.4.

Even with the impressive average, though, the trait that makes Reyes such an asset to Lander on the course is just as much about her mental ability as her physical ability.
"The thing I like about her is she is so consistent," coach Chipper Bagwell said. "I know I can count on her day in and day out to shoot a good score. Her swing is very good, and she very seldomly misses a fairway. She's just very, very consistent.
"She doesn't really get too high if she makes a birdie, and she doesn't really get too low if she makes a bad shot. She's kind of even keel, and I think that's important for a golfer."
But the ability to shed the last shot and move on to the next one didn't always come easily for Reyes.